I was traveling to Orlando and missed the H.O.R.S.E competition, but I did call one thing. I called that someone would hit a shot from the bleachers and lo and behold O.J Mayo did. Yay for me.
8:25 – Ok let’s start this thing already this is getting ridiculous. I mean how many times do they need to talk about last years event and how Reggie Miller can’t dunk? Once is enough. Let’s get the crap events out of the way (Shooting Stars, Blech) and let’s get to the good stuff (dunking).
8:30 Britney Spears doing the opening? I thought the Sunday Night Football song was bad enough. Please shoot me.
8:34 – Yeah Phoenix fans boo Lakers too. YAY! So nobody cares about this competition but I’ll take the defending champs because I don’t care about this competition. My friend Scott is taking the Laker team.
8:36 – Why is Afflalo running as the Pistons rep? It’s like Rip Hamilton thinks he is too much of a man to do it. Oh and Laimbeer with the half courter. Priceless.
8:38 LA looked good, and then lost it in the half courter. Too bad for Scott.
8:39 The Lebron state farm ad never gets old, especially when he just blocks the Dolphins. I hate the Dolphins.
8:41 – Yes I went to the quest for G website, and then immediately wiped my hard drive. I’m a little ashamed I went there. Take the basic premise of all of the jokes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail and take all the humor out of it. Yeah…
8:44 – Scott just noticed that only the “legends” have hit the half courters, and then remarked that the Phoenix legend looks like my dad. I shook my head.
8:48 – OMG we have Kettle Corn in this hotel room. I think it’s free but I don’t care if it’s not. I’ll still eat it.
8:50 – Perfect swish for Katie Smith of Detroit. I don’t know if I agree with Phoenix’s strategy, you have the crowd. Don’t you go first and set the pace?
8:52- How do you blow that? You hit the first 5 shots in 14 seconds and then blow it as the HOME TEAM. BOO! THEY BLEW IT!
8:59: Derrick Rose is winning this and tried having a Wiki race from Slam Dunk to suntan lotion with. I lost. He went from slam dunk to Orlando Magic, to bone spurs to feet to dermatologist and it works itself out from that.
9:05 – Rondo would be perfect for skills competition. He is one of the best passers and ball handlers in the NBA. His only issue would be shooting but he has greatly improved it. According to the Globe, Rondo is in Vegas. I don’t know which was a better decision. Vegas or All Star Saturday?
9:08 – Wow. Rose looked like he did this before. He’s moving on.
9:11 – WOO! Winner of the Wiki race from sunscreen to Watchmen which looks incredible. Scott wants to do these to pass the time until the dunk contest. I personally enjoy the other competitions but I guess there not for everyone.
9:15 – How do NBA players miss a simple pull up FT line jumper? Just a thought because it’s happened a lot in the skills completion.
9:16 – And the finish! That was sick by Derrick Rose. He should have been in the dink contest. 1-2 in my predictions tonight.
9:21- Scott’s bitching about how there’s only six three point competitors this year instead of 8. I thought there was always only 6 but I asked if he would rather more dunks or three point shots. The answer was “Well it’s generally 8”. Translation: You’re right Benti but I won’t admit it.
9:27 – Kapano.
9:33 – The three point contest is like the appetizer to the dunk contest. Not only is it right before the dunk contest, but it’s a nice thing to have before the entrée. Show off the range and then let’s throw down.
9:35 – Scott: “18’s not going to be enough” We’ll see.
9:36 – Dwayne Wade has more of that freaking single eye black thing that he was wearing last night. I really don’t understand it.
9:39 – They changed Lewis to 17 points? Doesn’t matter, right now it’s looking like 17 will still be enough. GFY Scott.
9:41 – Stop showing the commercial with the hot chick who says she likes fat hairy guys who like football and go to strip clubs. She doesn’t exist. Stop lying to us.
9:44 – I’m disappointed in Danny Granger. I expected better.
9:49 – I got nervous there, he started off cold but he fixed it.
9:51 – This NBA.com chat thing got me the following facebook inbox message. “patriots fucking suck u fucking queer”. Thanks…
9:52 – My reply? “Thanks, I like pickles.” According to Scott you can’t comeback from that line. I would have to agree.
9:54 – O shit…
9:56 – Shit 1for 3. Get we get some good shooters here like Ray Allen, Kyle Korver or Dirk? These guys aren’t that good.
9:58- Oh wow that was exciting! Cook needed the last 4 to move on and drained them. Now LET’S GO! Shoot off time.
10:00 And oh wow that was ugly. Nothing to say about that, these aren’t the shooters you are looking for. Move along.
10:01 – Thank god this is over. Dunking time. Scott says that Nate and Dwight will put on a show. I’m picking Nate with a dark horse of J.R Smith.
10:04 – Is the line “freshest fast food” an oxymoron because that’s what KFC says. I cry foul no pun intended.
10:07 – Stop pushing back the dunk contest TNT. I’m getting angry. Scott – “How did this guy get big all of a sudden?” Good question.
10:10 – Was he lip synching. It looked like his mouth stopped but the note kept going. OOOO conspiracy theory. Clearly the NBA knows who is going to win the dunk contest already.
10:15 – One of the local ads in the Orlando area was for the “Premier Adult factory outlet”. It even had a catchy jingle to it. It was like the Bob’s discount furniture of Adult shops. Please be on youtube somewhere. That was one of the most unintentionally funny commercials of all time.
10:19 – No French judge so maybe I don’t have to worry about my conspiracy theory.
10:20 – And…here…we…go (presses button).
10:22 – Scott: “I could do that if I could dunk” Really? Rudy chants anyone?
10:23 – Good setup, no clean landing. That would have helped his score. I thought it was better the Smith’s though. Nate’s up now.
10:24 – Nate’s getting “I’m 5’9” “ points. That wasn’t that good. Good windmill with one bounce. Eh….
10:25 – Dwight has the building in the palm of his hand…
10:26- Great dunk, but he should lose points for missing an attempt. I mean really, that happens to me in NBA 2K9. I get it. He’s Dwight Howard. He’s Superman. But if you fail on one of your dunk attempts, you should lose points. It’s the risk/reward of it.
10:32 – Pau’s blowing it for Rudy and Rudy can’t reach the rim. Nothing’s working for him.
10:33 – He deffintly lost points for number of attempts. Now treat everyone the same way because that dunk was better than Howard’s I thought.
10:35 – Passers are hurting their players right now. Pau has to stop going behind his back.This will be Nate vs. Dwight.
10:38 – Nate you disappoint me. I can jump off my friends back and dunk.
10:40 – David Stern on the phone. “Take this net down now.”
10:41 – Dwight Howard is the only person who can do Superman two years in a row and get away with it.
10:42 – Wow. He makes 12ft look easy.
10:43 – Again, this girlfriend doesn’t exist. Stop messing with our heads Jim Beam bourbon!
10:47 – Nate’s not scurred apparently. He’s got DA Kryptonite. (Not my quote, TNT’s)
10:48 – Kryptonite = baseline reverse and a dance apparently.
10:49 – Anti Kryptonite! How do you line up a pass of the side of the backboard like that? I didn’t think that was humanly possible.
10:51- That’s as close as humanly possible to jump over Dwight Howard. Bravo Nate Robinson, bravo.
10:55 – I’m thinking Nate right now. The first two dunks were pretty similar with the slight edge to Howard, but Nate’s second blows Dwight Howard out of the water.
10:58 – Two for four for the night. I’m happy. It was a pretty good night dunk not as memorable as last year. But it was still pretty good.
Until next time